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A variety of eye diseases are common among dogs, and many lead to discomfort and vision impairment or loss. Proper eye care and recognition of symptoms are important to maintain your dog's overall eye health.
Success stories in recent canine health research embrace an individual, or customized, approach to treating disease. Adult stem cells and platelet-rich plasma provide the rich healing properties needed for soft-tissue injuries, and gene expression profiling is leading us to the day when cancer treatment can be targeted to individuals.
The sound of crinkling leaves underfoot signals the start of upland bird hunting and fall field trials, a favorite time of year for many sporting dog enthusiasts. Lurking in the grouse woods or along the edges of a prairie where bobwhite quail can be found are unseen dangers to dogs.
CHF is committed to more than just the physical health of our four-legged companions. CHF understands how important it is that dogs are happy and healthy socially. While there are many activities that dogs and their owners can engage in that will provide mental and physical challenges, pet therapy programs provide the added benefit of helping someone else and tapping into a dog’s natural instincts.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation is funding a portfolio of research aimed a learning more about cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease, the number one cause of lameness in dogs. The research, featured in this article, includes a conformation score to determine risk, a 3-D computer model to evaluate the biomechanics of surgical procedures, and regenerative medicine as an alternative therapy.
In response to the RFP, CHF received nine Letters of Intent from top researchers across the country. The five strongest proposals were chosen to submit full applications. These grants will delve deeply into the pathophysiology of bloat, including investigating the role of glucose levels and gastric emptying, the gastrointestinal microbiome and gastric dysrhythmia in the development of disease.
Both Americans and their pets are living longer lives than ever. This auspicious fact has helped bolster an increased interest in wellness maintenance and preventative care, leading to greater demand for alternative and complementary therapies. Long employed by people, massage and chiropractic have begun to enjoy greater popularity as part of a well-rounded wellness regimen for dogs of all ages.
CHF-funded researcher, Dr. Jeffery Biskup, discusses CCL rupture in dogs and the surgical treatment for this common orthopedic injury.
Regenerative medicine is chaning the landscape of modern medicine. Diseases that were once thought to be incurable are no longer hopeless, and injuries that were once debilitating are now treatable.
Dr. Mark Oyama provides information on mitral valve disease and his on-going research to treat the condition.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, are pleased to bring you another installment in a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.
In this podcast we discuss fresh chilled semen breeding, focusing on the stud dog. This podcast features Dr. Scarlette Gotwals, of Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown Pennsylvania. Dr. Gotwals received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1987. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and has been involved with canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation for 21 years. She is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to veterinarians through the Veterinarian Information Network. Dr. Gotwals is a consultant for the Canine Reproduction Division of Zoetis.
In June, part two of this podcast will be released, fresh chilled semen breeding, focusing on the bitch.